Who are Urologists and What do they do for us?
In life we need the services of different types of doctors so that we can lead healthy lives. The medical field is a highly specialized one with experts in different fields. One such specialist is a Urologist!
Urologists are doctors that deal with issues of the filter system namely, the kidneys, the urinary tract, the ureter, and the urethra. Urologists are also help manage the male reproductive system of patients. A urologist can serve as your primary care doctor if you have kidney stones, difficulty controlling your urine, and prostate cancer. In most cases, urologists handle problems with sexual health and male infertility as well. Urologists have to receive a five-year specialized training over and above the four years of general medical training that they receive. Urology is a vast medical field that requires more urologists to choose a subspeciality within their field – they might handle only cases with children or old people, or particularly handle cases of sexual health and male infertility.
Regardless of their sub-speciality, you can reach out to a urologist in case of a urinary tract infection (UTI), bladder problems, or any symptom that might point to an issue with your urinary system. Men might particularly see urologists for issues such as prostate cancer, enlarged prostate issues, erectile dysfunction, or testicular cancer. Women might particularly see urologists for UTI’s of course, but also incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Excessive bed-wetting can be one of the most common symptoms of a urinary system issue which might have children being rushed to the urologist.
Most issues of the urinary system can be diagnosed by symptomatology, a pelvic or rectal examination, or blood work and ultrasound. Urologists, obviously, like other doctors prescribe medicines for treatment but are also equipped to deal with bladder behavior training in cases of bladder control problems. They are equipped to do surgeries some of which are minor and can be done in their office while others are more critical and intensive and require an operating theatre. For recurring cases of urinary tract infections, urologists will draw up a specific treatment plan for you or check for further problems or aid you with how a restructuring surgery might help in your case if it is something that you require.
In particular, in cases of prostate or testicular cancer, your urologist might refer you to a urologist with a specialization in urological oncology so that they can together work on treatment and operative plans for you and have additional support for you and each other. In serious cases of a requirement of dialysis, the urologists remain with you throughout the process and rehabilitation for as long as you need. Make sure to reach out to a urologist if you notice any pain while urinating or blood in your urine. Take note of any pain around your lower back or groin and report to a urologist for further diagnosis as soon as possible.